Audi TT coupe
Price £29,770 - £35,335
- Comfortable and fun
- Stylish image
- Diesel is cheap to run
- No four-wheel drive diesel
- Expensive to buy
- Cramped back seats
At a glance
“The new Audi TT is more expensive than before, but offers more kit, reduced running costs and an even more upmarket interior.”
The new Audi TT is a two-door, four-seat coupe designed to rival a wide range of cars – from the cheaper Peugeot RCZ and Volkswagen Scirocco, right through to the top-end Porsche Cayman and BMW 4 Series. It's just as stylish as ever, with a striking exterior and upmarket interior that its coupe rivals simply cannot match.
All cars come with Audi's revolutionary Virtual Cockpit display, which allows the driver to switch the conventional speedo and rev counter setup, for stereo and telephone controls – all on a crystal clear 12.3-inch display. Leather seats, DAB radio and climate control are standard, even on the basic Sport models.
While it's not the last word in fun, the Audi TT is still great to drive, and will munch up miles in complete comfort should you need it for longer motorway trips. We’d recommend the brilliant TDI Ultra model in Sport trim, which matches rock bottom running costs with peppy performance and comfortable suspension.
MPG, running costs & CO2
The Audi TT Ultra will return more than 60mpg and cost just £20 per year to tax
Select the right engine and your new Audi TT will cost very little to run. Across the range, the third-generation TT benefits from an 11 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions, meaning tax bills are lower than ever before, while fuel economy is given a useful boost, too.
If rock-bottom running costs are key, there’s only one model to choose. Go for the Audi TT Ultra TDI diesel and you car will return more than 60mpg and emit 110g/km of CO2 – costing just £20 per year in road tax. It’s fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, meaning it’s fuel-efficient at high speeds, too.
However, the petrol models shouldn’t break the bank either, thanks to the brand’s clever Economy Drive Select system. It allows you to tweak the car’s settings from behind the wheel – optimising the engine and gearbox for maximum fuel economy. What’s more, if you opt for the S tronic automatic gearbox, the system will cleverly coast to save fuel, as soon as you lift off the accelerator.
As with all other Audi models, the new TT will benefit from the company’s fixed-price servicing deals, which start from just £159.
Engines, drive & performance
The Audi TT isn’t the last word in fun, but it can cover great distances in comfort and offers plenty of grip, power and performance
The new Audi TT is lighter, faster and more economical than ever before, and like its predecessor is good to drive and comfortable over long distances. There’s a greater focus on driver enjoyment, and the front-wheel drive 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine feels quick and smooth – delivering enough performance to go from 0-62mph in just six seconds.
Step up to the quattro four-wheel drive model with the S tronic automatic gearbox and you’ll find it faster still, completing the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.3 seconds. Both have plenty of grip, but the quattro models are the ones to go for if you’re worried about harsh winter weather or simply want astounding traction all year round.
However, it’s the TDI Ultra diesel we’d go for. It offers incredibly low running costs, and feels largely the same as the front-wheel drive petrol model to drive. It’s not available with quattro four-wheel drive but don’t let this put you off – it’ll still do 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds, and thanks to it’s powerful diesel engine, feels almost as quick as the TFSI in day-to-day driving.
All models come fitted with Audi’s progressive steering system, which offers sharp and direct steering at all speeds. This makes it easy to manoeuvre around town, but more fun to drive at higher speeds.
We’re yet to drive the range-topping Audi TTS, due on sale in 2015, but if the standard models are anything to go by, the performance pinnacle is very much something to look forward to.
Interior & comfort
Avoid the S line suspension, and the Audi TT strikes a fine balance between comfort and fun
On standard 18-inch wheels, the Audi TT Sport trim rides better and is more comfortable than the old car. All models come with sports suspension, but top-spec S line models add an even firmer setup. While this may suit the smooth and rut-free motorways of Continental Europe, we’d avoid this on UK cars – and select the standard sport suspension as a no-cost option. It suits the car far better and makes it much easier to live with on a day-to-day basis.
Like before, you can go one step further and specify the brilliant Magnetic Ride suspension, which smoothes it out even more. If you can afford it, it’s an option box well worth ticking.
Inside the TT, quality is second to none, with lots of high quality materials dotted around the interior. Road, wind and tyre noise is well supressed, making the new TT a great long distance cruiser. The balance it creates between sports car fun and saloon car comfort is impressive – a trait that very few coupe cars manage to replicate.
The seats are well-sculpted and very comfortable, with the interior focussed around Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. The 12.3-inch display behind the steering wheel replaces the conventional dials, housing stereo, trip computer and telephone settings in crystal clear simplicity. Of course, you can switch this to show a prominent speedo – and everything can be controlled using the central swivel dial or the steering wheel mounted buttons.
Practicality & boot space
The rear seats in the Audi TT are only for occasional use – but fold them flat and there’s a decent boot
You don’t buy a coupe like the Audi TT for its bootspace or rear seats, but potential customers will be pleased to hear that for its type, it’s actually relatively practical.
While it’s almost exactly the same length as the old model, the distance between the front and rear wheels has increased to improve passenger space – especially in the front. The rear seats are still small, however, and really are for occasional use only. Even small children will complain if you put them back there for longer journeys.
The boot is a good size, though, boasting 305 litres of space with the rear seats in place. That puts it on a par with cars like the Peugeot RCZ and Volkswagen Scirocco, which offer 309 litres and 292 litres respectively.
Fold them flat and you’re left with a surprising roomy 712 litres of space, all of which are easy to access thanks to the practical hatchback boot. In fact, many owners will probably think of their car as a two-seater with lots of bootspace, rather than a cramped four-seater with room for a few squashy bags.
Reliability & safety
Based on the Volkswagen Golf, the new Audi TT uses a whole host of tried and tested parts
While it may not look like a Volkswagen Golf, the Audi TT actually shares the practical hatchback’s underpinnings, meaning a number of its parts have been tried and tested in one of the UK’s best-selling cars. None of the engines are all-new – featuring elsewhere in the Audi and Volkswagen range – so reliability should be good.
That said, the outgoing model came a lowly 104th overall in the 2014 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and while that may not be too bad for an older car, Audi’s 12th place in the manufacturer rankings placed it behind both Mercedes and BMW.
All models feature electronic stability control, a full set of airbags and ISOFIX child seat mounts. Petrol TFSI models come with a lane departure warning system as standard, but you’ll have to specify it as an extra on the diesel Ultra. Blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and a system to help you park in tight spaces are all available on the lengthy – and expensive – options list.
We’ll have to wait until the car goes on sale to see how it fares in the stringent Euro NCAP crash tests – but a number of current Audis have managed the full five stars, so we can expect the new TT to follow suit.
Price, value for money & options
It may cost more than before, but the Audi TT offers loads of kit and will hold its value well
Yes, the basic Audi TT is now £4,000 more than it was before, but when comparing like-for-like you need to remember there’s no entry-level 1.8-litre engine anymore, with the cheapest TT now boasting a powerful 2.0-litre TDI diesel. All models should hold their value well, too, as the Audi badge continues to sell well in the second hand market.
Unlike much of the Audi range, there’s no Audi TT SE model, with customers forced to choose between Sport or S line cars. Sport models get 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights, while S line versions get bigger wheels, LED lights, more aggressive bodywork and a gloss black grille. All Sport and S line models come with DAB radio, leather seats and climate control. The optional Technology Package adds sat-nav with Google Maps, music streaming and internet access.
If performance is key, you’ll need to step up to the range-topping Audi TTS, which gets unique aluminium-style door mirrors, different bumpers and some sportier touches throughout.
Inside, all models get Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system, which replaces the car’s conventional dials with a 12.3-inch high-resolution colour display. It looks great, and allows drivers to choose between a conventional speedo or – at the flick of a switch – a view of stereo, trip computer and telephone details. The clarity of the screen combined with the easy-to-use functionality makes the Audi’s cabin feel like nothing else in this class.